Some really great stories coming out of the US Open at Bethpage, New York. None any greater than the fact that it can actually rain more at a US major than at The Open Championship in the UK. As refreshing though, in no particular order:
Lucas Glover (who!?) – a “whatever you like”/1 shot to win as the greenkeepers were working over time on Thursday morning. If I’ve not backed somebody at 5/1 in the chasing pack, I love a story like this. Good work son.
Phil Mickelson – Big Phil doing his wife very proud. Thought he was a bit unlucky not to go on and win. That’s a record equalling fifth runners-up placing at the US Open and the second time he’s managed it on the Bethpage Black course. Not quite sure how tipster extraordinaire Dave Tindall left him out of his picks…
Tiger Woods – loads of criticism for the way he finished, but to be honest his recovery is quite frankly ominous for the rest of the PGA and European Tour players at any event he fancies showing up at.
Ross Fisher – being English, I’m hoping his top ten finish in a US major doesn’t mean he’ll wind up on the Ian Poulter/Paul Casey/Justin Rose bandwagon of never having a hope of winning one. Never easy with all those beer-swigging New Yorkers whooping whenever one of their charges nails a two footer for bogey.
Looking ahead to the real Open Championship, Glover is a best-priced 100/1 to repeat his heroics. Not a chance in hell. However, Ross Fisher at 33/1 is a cracking each way bet, particularly as Tiger and Co will have to cope with all those whisky-chugging Jocks whooping whenever Monty tucks in to his next KitKat at Turnberry.